In Tana Toraja, weddings and births aren’t the social gatherings that knit society together. In this part of Indonesia, big, raucous funerals form the center of social life. Anthropologist Kelli Swazey takes a look at this culture, in which the bodies of dead relatives are cared for even years after they have passed. While it sounds strange to Western sensibilities, she says, this could actually be a truer reflection of the fact that relationships with loved ones don’t simply end when... Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, death, world cultures, TEDMED 2013, 2013
Art historian Bahia Shehab has long been fascinated with the Arabic script for ‘no.’ When revolution swept through Egypt in 2011, she began spraying the image in the streets saying no to dictators, no to military rule and no to violence. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, world cultures, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
"The greatest and most endangered species in the Amazon rainforest is not the jaguar or the harpy eagle," says Mark Plotkin, "It's the isolated and uncontacted tribes." In an energetic and sobering talk, the ethnobotanist brings us into the world of the forest's indigenous tribes and the incredible medicinal plants that their shamans use to heal. He outlines the challenges and perils that are endangering them — and their wisdom — and urges us to protect this... Topics: Tedtalks, TED, Talks, medicine, world cultures, TEDGlobal 2014, 2014
More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer -- who himself has three or four “origins” -- meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, happiness, world cultures, writing, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, china, culture, entertainment, music, world cultures, TED2012, 2012
TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, china, culture, entertainment, music, world cultures, TED2012, 2012
A clay cylinder covered in Akkadian cuneiform script, damaged and broken, the Cyrus Cylinder is a powerful symbol of religious tolerance and multi-culturalism. In this enthralling talk Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, traces 2600 years of Middle Eastern history through this single object. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, history, world cultures, TEDGlobal 2011, 2011
Photographer Phil Borges shows rarely seen images of people from the mountains of Dharamsala, India, and the jungles of the Ecuadorean Amazon. In documenting these endangered cultures, he intends to help preserve them. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2006, TED, Talks, activism, arts, culture, design, education, film, global issues,...
Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, history, map, politics,...
Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk at TEDxBrussels he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees coming. Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxBrussels, TED, Talks, Foreign Policy, global issues, politics, world cultures, 2011
Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, entertainment, global issues, love, parenting, storytelling, women,...